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W.H. Auden

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  • Oh the nerdity

    W.H. Auden trawled the Oxford English Dictionary for old and obscure words, some of which he employed in his poetry. He was so fond of the OED that he often took a volume of it to bed at night. We here in Wordville understand that. Thus there is joy...
  • Review: 'The Book of My Lives' by Aleksandar Hemon

    Review: 'The Book of My Lives' by Aleksandar Hemon
    Aleksandar Hemon, the 48-year-old Bosnian refugee who has become one of this city's literary rock stars, can amuse and he can devastate. That he does both in his second language, wielded with precision and elegance, has earned him comparisons to Nabokov...
  • Review: Ties bind even as brickbats fly in 'Other Desert Cities'

    Review: Ties bind even as brickbats fly in 'Other Desert Cities'
    If like me you come from a mixed family, meaning there are conservative Republicans and liberal Democrats boisterously hashing out their differences at the holiday table, you'll have an easy time recognizing the Wyeth clan gathered to celebrate...
  • O, Miami verses the world

    O, Miami verses the world
    P. Scott Cunningham (photos by Beth Black) On a recent Wednesday morning in Miami’s Design District, P. Scott Cunningham settled into a corner table of a clamorous French bakery, his back to the window facing Second Avenue, its parade of cars...
  • Patt Morrison Asks: The poet, W.S. Merwin

    An Idaho resort hotel's verdure is not the wild tumble around W.S. Merwin's beloved Hawaiian home, but disciplined grass and orderly stands of trees. Not, perhaps, the sort of trees Merwin had in mind when he wrote, "On the last day of the world I would...
  • Poetry's refrain is ever near

    Poetry's refrain is ever near
    For Caroline Kennedy's 50th birthday, several of her close friends presented her with poems to mark the occasion. They understood the significance of poetry in her life, how she learned to understand it by looking through volumes, deciphering marks in...
  • Paperback Writers: Sunlight and shadow in 'Los Angeles in the 1930s'

    Paperback Writers: Sunlight and shadow in  'Los Angeles in the 1930s'
    Created by FDR in 1935, in the depths of the Great Depression, the Federal Writers' Project (a small part of the wider Works Progress Administration) was a make-work agency that gave jobs to about 6,500 writers, editors and researchers before closing shop...
  • Reynolds Price dies at 77; author and longtime Duke professor

    Reynolds Price dies at 77; author and longtime Duke professor
    In 1984, when he was 51, novelist Reynolds Price learned that a pencil-shaped tumor, about 10 inches long and malignant, had invaded his spine. Several surgeries and dozens of radiation treatments followed, leaving him a paraplegic racked with pain and...
  • February House playing at Long Wharf Theatre's Stage II in New Haven

    February House playing at Long Wharf Theatre's Stage II in New Haven
    Have you made it down to Long Wharf Theatre to see February House yet? If not, the show runs until Sun., March 18, so you've still got a few chances left. February House is a musical about several artists living together in a house in 1940s Brooklyn...
  • Adrienne Rich dies at 82; feminist poet and essayist

    Adrienne Rich, a pioneering feminist poet and essayist who challenged what she considered to be the myths of the American dream and subsequently received high literary honors, died Tuesday at her home in Santa Cruz. She was 82. The cause was...
  • Christopher Plummer still has 'A Word or Two' to say

    Christopher Plummer still has 'A Word or Two' to say
    "First you're young. Then you're old. Then you're wonderful." — Alice Roosevelt Longworth STRATFORD, Canada — Christopher Plummer is in the wonderful phase of his career — and at 82 he's seizing the opportunity. In February, the six-...